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Episode 83 – Katz Does Countdown

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Iain Katz leaves Newsnight to take on the top job at Channel 4, former controller Jay Hunt announces she’s off to work for Apple… with careers spanning print to tv to online, what do these appointments say about the way the media is changing? Media writer Maggie Brown and Metro.co.uk’s deputy editor Alex Hudson discuss.

Also on the programme: as the Weinstein scandal moves to Westminster, we look at how UK newsrooms are attempting to drain the swamp, and we crunch ALL the numbers: from Bake Off to the latest RAJARs, via the Guardian’s big reveal on voluntary donations.

And in the Media Quiz, we play Location, Location, Location… Location.

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Episode 81 – Google caves over paywalls, ITV vs Newsnight

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Media news and analysis, this week with Jake Kanter (Business Insider UK) and Rebecca Gillie (The Week Online). Google back down over their ‘first click free’ policy, taking pressure off news sites like the FT and The Times – our panel explain all.

Plus, who will be the next head of Channel 4? Was Nick Robinson right to say that alternative media has launched a ‘guerrilla war’ with the mainstream? How will removing your school from your CV help the BBC’s equality drive? And why is Claire Balding at the centre of a Saga?

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Episode 80 – Murdoch Talks Tough In Cambridge, EU on TV and Newspapers

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Olly Mann is joined by Broadcast Magazine’s Peter White and broadcaster and audio producer Ruth Barnes to discuss the week’s media news.

 

The panel tackle the big talking points from the Cambridge Media Convention, including the latest on Channel 4 verse the culture secretary, James Murdoch using Brexit to full advantage, and OFCOM tackles the industry’s diversity problem.

Plus: why the EU might destroy television but save newspapers, the Radio Academy’s award nominations are announced and, in the media quiz, we ask if it really is all ‘a sense of proportion’.

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Episode 78 – Facebook Watch, The Week Junior & podcast poaching

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As Facebook launches a new video service, we ask if this heralds the return of *actual sound* to online video production. Media news and analysis, with broadcaster Olly Mann, Louise Ridley (Buzzfeed) and Matt Deegan (Folder Media).

Felicity Capon, deputy editor of The Week Junior, talks to us about the success of the magazine, two years in – and how to write hard news stories for children and young adults.

Also in the programme: The Guardian lose their Football Weekly presenter and producer to a new podcast startup; is this a green shoot of growth for the audio industry? Netflix loses its Disney content – but gains the comic book universe behind Kickass and Kingsman – and in the Media Quiz, we discover the brands getting a TV-makeover.

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Episode 77: BBC pay, local press woes & Soundcloud

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Media analysis, this week with consultant Paul Robinson and investigative reporter Maeve McClenaghan.

As the nation ponders why Charlie off Casualty is the highest paid actor at the BBC, we discuss the fallout from this great experiment and find out how sensitive all that commercially sensitive information really is.

Also on the programme: what’s the future for local journalism? Is it more closures, or robots?

Plus: this year’s MacTaggart speaker is announced, why Soundcloud users are right to be worried… and in the Media Quiz, we’re out to libel as many people as possible. Allegedly.

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Episode 76: Auntie plots the year ahead

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Media analysis and discussion, with guests Jake Kanter (Business Insider) and Steve Ackerman (Somethin’ Else).

Olly Mann and the panel discuss all the big announcements to come out of the first annual plan for OFCOM. More money for kids, fact checking, podcasting… What does it all mean? We’ll find out.

Plus; is Jon Snow professionally biased? Is the Guardian the REAL purveyor of hate? Has the quiz jumped the shark? If you answered ‘yes’ to all these questions, it’s time to find another podcast.

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Episode 75: Channel 4’s hunt for the new Hunt

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There’s a new chief executive at Channel 4 – media writer Maggie Brown, Faraz Osman (Lemonade Money) and Boyd Hilton (Heat Magazine) discuss the immediate challenges that Alex Mahon faces – not least finding a replacement for Jay Hunt.

The panel also review the coverage of another unpredictable election campaign, with an unexpected win for a major broadcaster.

Also on the programme, Katie Hopkins leaves LBC, Apple blow the doors off podcasting, the Radio Academy returns with a rebooted awards do AND in the Media Quiz we reveal the media wolves in media sheep’s clothing.

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Episode 74 – How To Shoot VR and 360 Video

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Expand your horizons beyond the small screen and enter the world of virtual reality. Tanya Laird (Digital Jam) explains to Olly Mann the differences in shooting for TV and 360 video, why theatre actors are the best for VR and the big creative companies staking their reputations on this fledgling entertainment platform.

For those expecting a report from this year’s Radio Festival, the event has been postponed due to the Manchester attack. But rest assured we’ll be there when it’s rescheduled.

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Episode 73 – MacKenzie leaves The Sun, Crozier exits ITV

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Election fever! Olly Mann is joined by Tara Conlan (the Guardian) and Lisa Campbell (Edinburgh TV Festival) to discuss the press and broadcasters’ plans now this snap election is well under way. Also on the programme: Kelvin MacKenzie is finally let go from his job at The Sun – is Murdoch cleaning up the place ahead of OFCOM’s Sky ruling?

Plus, Adam Crozier leaves ITV, Popbitch’s Kit Lovelace lifts the lid on this weekend’s Eurovision (get their 80-page guide here) and in the Media Quiz, we pitch the most unusual media stories of the week.

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Episode 71 – Full Fact on fake news, Simon Pearson on writing obituaries

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We depart from the usual format this week to bring you two fascinating interviews about the craft of journalism: Mevan Babakar and Phoebe Arnold from Full Fact discuss the art of fact checking and its role in the digital age.

Olly also talks to the obituaries editor of the Times, Simon Pearson, on how to write the final word on a person’s life. This is interview was first published on Olly’s other, other podcast series The Modern Mann – but this has some bonus content especially for Media Podcast listeners.

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